I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the big victory–not by the American League in the All-Star Game, but by seniors and doctors in the big Medicare showdown.
The U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate both voted overwhelmingly to override President Bush’s veto of the Medicare bill, which reverses a cut to doctor’s reimbursement rates in Medicare, pays for it with cut to overpayments to private insurers, and also installs some new consumer improvements for seniors. It was backed by consumer groups like AARP and Families USA, as well as the key doctors’ lobby, the American Medical Association.
Some blogs that have good analysis include Managed Care Matters, Health Beat Blog, and the Health Care Policy and Marketplace Review. As the latter stated in an early post: “This vote was not about the doc cuts. It was about Medicare and its future.” It’s a big deal, for Medicare, and for the prospects of health reform.